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While Tina Fey has made her mark in the film world through a number of movies even before she ruled the proverbial comedy club as Liz Lemon, her film career has been characterized by two important factors: those movies have often been flops, and she hasn’t gotten her due time as the star of her own vehicle yet. Obviously, Fey gets top billing whenever she’s in a film, but it’s often shared with the likes of another extremely likeable comedian who’s there to split the limelight — and a little bit of the downfall, if we’re going to be honest — when it comes premiere time: Paul Rudd (Admission), Steve Carell (Date Night), and Amy Poehler (Baby Mama). Now Fey finally has the chance to shine on her own with a film that she’s also producing alongside Lorne Michaels. The Taliban Shuffle is an adaptation of journalist Kim Parker’s book “The Taliban »
- Samantha Wilson
Near Dark opens with a close-up of a mosquito siphoning blood from an arm. Like the vampires - who, notably, are never referred to as such in the film - that haunt the velvet shadows of Kathryn Bigelow's 1987 picture, the mosquito feeds on blood in order to exist, no more, no less. But another comparison presents itself.
"When we realised we were going to have a live mosquito interact with one of our actors, we had to grow that mosquito so that there were no contaminants. That was a six-month process," Bigelow tells us on the DVD commentary. The same applies to the movie's mythology. Near Dark strips away gothic elements (crucifixes, holy water, stakes through hearts) and supernatural hokum (transformations into bats, etc) to offer a spare tale of love, family and survival. It's a vampire movie, but clean and purpose-built.
Back in the mid-'80s, Bigelow wanted to make a western. »
While Tina Fey spent years as the star of her own show, playing Liz Lemon for seven seasons of 30 Rock, she doesn't have that much experience as a film's solo lead. She has been paired with some very funny people, from Amy Poehler in Baby Mama to Steve Carell in Date Night to Paul Rudd in Admission, but has never really had to carry a movie herself. Her latest project,according to The Wrap, may be her first chance to do just that. Fey is now attached to both star in and produce The Taliban Shuffle, an adaptation of journalist Kim Barker's book "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan". Robert Carlock, who collaborated with the actress/lead writer for years on 30 Rock, is penning the script, which follows Barker (Fey) back in 2002 as she travels on assignment to Kabul, Afghanistan. With little travel experience and without »
Tina Fey will star in and produce the movie The Taliban Shuffle, based on journalist Kim Barker's memoir, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to the Wrap. Fey's frequent collaborator Robert Carlock wrote the adaptation, which traces Barker's experience as a war correspondent. It might not sound funny ha-ha, but in its 2011 review of the book, the Times wrote that "[Barker] depicts herself as a sort of Tina Fey character, who unexpectedly finds herself addicted to the adrenaline rush of war." Fate! »
- Margaret Lyons
No director is attached. Barker’s memoir, titled “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” recounts her years as a journalist in Afghanistan and Pakistan after arriving in the the region in 2002.
Robert Carlock of “30 Rock” wrote the adaptation.
Fey is repped by Wme, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney Clifford Gilbert-Lurie. Carlock is repped by Wme and attorney Ken Richman.
The news was first reported by The Wrap.
- Dave McNary
Fresh off another rousing success co-hosting the Golden Globes, Tina Fey is attached to star in and produce “The Taliban Shuffle” for Paramount Pictures. The studio had no comment. Fey will produce through her Little Stranger banner, along with Lorne Michaels and Broadway Video. Also read: George Clooney Pranks Tina Fey, Amy Poehler – and Matt Damon – With One Faux Letter (Video) Robert Carlock of “30 Rock” wrote the script, which is based on Kim Barker’s memoir “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” Fey optioned the book and trusted frequent collaborator Carlock to handle the adaptation. Barker arrived in Kabul as a. »
- Jeff Sneider
Tina Fey is someone who likes to generate her own projects in between taking roles in other people's films. She’s carving out some time in her busy schedule to focus on something she really wants to work on, producing and starring an adaptation of Kim Barker’s memoir The Taliban Shuffle.It’s not, as the title suggests, the story of one woman who began a new dance craze. Barker’s book, which is subtitled 'Strange Days In Afghanistan And Pakistan', charts her time as a journalist in Kabul in 2002. With no foreign languages among her skillset and precious little idea how to get between Pakistan and Afghanistan, she was thrown in at the deep end. Slowly but surely, she grew to love the region, even as she became increasingly worried about its future.Though Fey often writes her own films, she’s instead handing this one off »
Feature Ryan Lambie 10 Jan 2014 - 15:08
With tech thriller Transcendence out this year, Hollywood seems to be revisiting its 90s fascination with virtual reality, Ryan writes...
Like seasons, hairstyles and fashion, genre popularity in Hollywood runs in cycles. Historical epics have faded in and out of favour since the 1930s, for example, and appear to be on the rise again, with Ridley Scott’s Exodus, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and two movies based on the Hercules legend all on the horizon. It's not just historical epics making a comeback, either. With Wally Pfister's directorial debut Transcendence, we could be in for a mini revival of the cyber thrillers of the 1990s.
If you don't know anything about Transcendence yet, you can catch up with the first trailer here. Briefly, it's about a scientist (Johnny Depp) who's killed by terrorists shortly after completing some groundbreaking research into machine intelligence. Grief stricken, »
Last year I listed ten New Year's movie scenes, this year I give you a selection of scenes compiled by Bernhard Fasenfest that I've been holding onto for just over a year so I could post it today. The list of films featured is directly below the video. Happy New Year! Blackboard Jungle (1955) Boogie Nights (1997) Holiday Inn (1942) Last Night (2010) Little Caesar (1931) Money Train (1995) New Years Eve (2011) Oceans Eleven (1960) Poseidon (2006) Radio Days (1987) Rosemary's Baby (1968) Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Strange Days (1995) Sunset Boulevard (1950) Tabu (2012) The Apartment (1960) The Gold Rush (1925) The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) Trading Places (1983) When Harry Met Sally (1989) While You Were Sleeping (1995) »
- Brad Brevet
9 items from 2014
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